Hinault explores the second of the Fundamental Fives: technical skill.

Convergence of the Two Fives

Convergence of the Two Fives

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Physics tells us that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The conservation law extend beyond the physical world and into mystical where the V and Anti-V are also in a constant fight for balance. The Ancients on Mount Velomis understood this well, and taught that the Anti-V expresses itself within the universe as two principle kinds of weakness and that in response there are two fundamental Fives to counter them.

The first is weakness of the mind; this sort of weakness is expressed through pain as it the weakness is converted into muscular and mental strength through Training Properly and quieting the signals that tell you to stop as you learn to use your mind to drive your body beyond its perceived limits.  This is the First Five, and the most commonly recognized form of The V.

The second weakness requires introspection and discipline: it is recognition of the flaws in our technical skills. To be a complete rider, we must be skilled in all aspects of Cycling, we must find areas where we need to improve our skills and work hard at them until they become a strength. These weaknesses can be difficult to recognize and usually requires a Sensei for guidance. It takes humility, practice, and a willingness to fail time and again until finally we break through and conquer them. The willingness to shed our pride and fail in pursuit of perfection is the Second Five; it is never ending – as we improve in one area, we must find another weakness and work to raise our skill in that area. It is only through total commitment to always recognize our flaws that we will continue to improve to become a better Velominatus.

May 5th approaches, V.V. The Ancients called it Die Congnoscentus, or the Day of the Five. It is the Velominati New Year and a chance for reflection, a chance to celebrate the convergence of the Two Fives. We must always remember that we are all Pedalwans, that we all have much more to learn, and that improvement is a journey with no end. It is a day to renew our resolve to work at our weaknesses until they become strengths.

Go with Merckx fellow Pedalwans; Vive la Vie Velominatus.

// Etiquette // Folklore // La Vie Velominatus // Technique // The Hardmen

  1. @The Grande Fondue

    @rfreese888

    @Robert Freese Fausto Flies up the mountain in the Giro

    What a amazing picture. He looks like he burn his name with his eyes.

    I think we should talk about Coppi more. Alpe d’Huze climb times:

    38:37 – Ulrich 2004 (ITT)
    37:36 – Armstrong 2004 (ITT)
    39:06 – Mayo 2003
    38:01 – Armstrong 2001
    39:02 – Virenque 1997
    38:23 – Ullrich 1997
    37:35 – Pantani 1997 (current record)
    39:30 – Riis 1995
    39:28 – Indurain/Zulle 1995
    38:04 – Pantani 1995
    38:00 – Pantani 1994
    39:45 – Indurain, 1991
    41:50 – Fignon 1989
    48:00 – Hinault/Lemond 1986
    45:22 – Coppi 1952

    Coppi was on dirt roads, and they hadn’t invented EPO or blood bags. His bike was a bit heavier than modern ones, too.

    That is pretty amazing.  Though I wonder if he had much in the way of his own teeth left after all the speed-grinding.

  2. Further research (reading ‘Pedalare Pedalare’) reveals that an inverted W or M signifies the casting of anti-V aspersions e.g. ”Fans, journalists and others were furious and they took out their frustration on Fiorenzo Magni ( for allegedly getting an organised push up a climb in the Giro 1947 causing Coppi to withdraw in protest). Alongside ‘Viva Coppi’ and ‘Viva Bartali’ now appeared ‘Abbasso Magni’ (down with Magni, usually written with an upside-down W’.

    you can’t get more Newtonian cause and effect than that!

  3. @RedRanger You will need to say that with a vapid sense of complete earnestness for the full effect  to work.

    And true about the limp pharm bastards sullying the good name of the V.

  4. @Francisco

    That “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” is the law of conservation of momentum, not energy.

    Righto. Isn’t the conservation of momentum ultimately built upon the conservation of energy? The energy required to overcome friction to move or slow down a mass etc?

    @The Grande Fondue

    @rfreese888

    @Robert Freese Fausto Flies up the mountain in the Giro

    What a amazing picture. He looks like he burn his name with his eyes.

    I think we should talk about Coppi more. Alpe d’Huze climb times:

    38:37 – Ulrich 2004 (ITT)
    37:36 – Armstrong 2004 (ITT)
    39:06 – Mayo 2003
    38:01 – Armstrong 2001
    39:02 – Virenque 1997
    38:23 – Ullrich 1997
    37:35 – Pantani 1997 (current record)
    39:30 – Riis 1995
    39:28 – Indurain/Zulle 1995
    38:04 – Pantani 1995
    38:00 – Pantani 1994
    39:45 – Indurain, 1991
    41:50 – Fignon 1989
    48:00 – Hinault/Lemond 1986
    45:22 – Coppi 1952

    Coppi was on dirt roads, and they hadn’t invented EPO or blood bags. His bike was a bit heavier than modern ones, too.

    Thats amazing. Of course, Hinault/LeMond slowed quite a bit near the top but nevertheless its incredible how close his time is.

  5. @frank I think Fignon’s time is possibly the most amazing – and I mean that in a good way. While he didn’t ride 100% of the time on bread and water, he sure wasn’t full of rocket fuel like most of the names above him.

  6. Dan Martin: the first few sentences of this article — loaded with V — courtesy of Rouleur

    “When I won a stage of the Vuelta, I attacked at the bottom of the climb. I vividly remember thinking, about thirty seconds later, ‘what the fuck are you doing? What are you doing? Really?’ Then it’s like ‘I’m here now, I might as well continue’. And then it kind of worked out.”

  7. @Haldy

    Here’s a healthy dose of Double V-

    http://bigringriding.com/image/58906383624

    Getting passed so hard your bike frame turns to wet noodles in fear.

  8. @Mike_P

    This is the article of recent articles. It sums up why most of us are here.

    You said a mouthful right there, son. Thank god Frank is back. It beats arguing about pedals. 

  9. @unversio

    Dan Martin: the first few sentences of this article — loaded with V — courtesy of Rouleur

    “When I won a stage of the Vuelta, I attacked at the bottom of the climb. I vividly remember thinking, about thirty seconds later, ‘what the fuck are you doing? What are you doing? Really?’ Then it’s like ‘I’m here now, I might as well continue’. And then it kind of worked out.”

    Awesome!  Words to live (or possibly die) by right there!

  10. @Buck Rogers

    @unversio

    Dan Martin: the first few sentences of this article — loaded with V — courtesy of Rouleur

    “When I won a stage of the Vuelta, I attacked at the bottom of the climb. I vividly remember thinking, about thirty seconds later, ‘what the fuck are you doing? What are you doing? Really?’ Then it’s like ‘I’m here now, I might as well continue’. And then it kind of worked out.”

    Awesome! Words to live (or possibly die) by right there!

    +1. The more I read about Dan’s thoughts & attitude, the more my respect for him grows. Chapeau.

  11. @Geraint

    @Buck Rogers

    @unversio

    Dan Martin: the first few sentences of this article — loaded with V — courtesy of Rouleur

    “When I won a stage of the Vuelta, I attacked at the bottom of the climb. I vividly remember thinking, about thirty seconds later, ‘what the fuck are you doing? What are you doing? Really?’ Then it’s like ‘I’m here now, I might as well continue’. And then it kind of worked out.”

    Awesome! Words to live (or possibly die) by right there!

    +1. The more I read about Dan’s thoughts & attitude, the more my respect for him grows. Chapeau.

    Good example of how committing and submitting to the V — then unlocking the V.

  12. @unversio

    @Geraint

    @Buck Rogers

    @unversio

    Dan Martin: the first few sentences of this article — loaded with V — courtesy of Rouleur

    “When I won a stage of the Vuelta, I attacked at the bottom of the climb. I vividly remember thinking, about thirty seconds later, ‘what the fuck are you doing? What are you doing? Really?’ Then it’s like ‘I’m here now, I might as well continue’. And then it kind of worked out.”

    Awesome! Words to live (or possibly die) by right there!

    +1. The more I read about Dan’s thoughts & attitude, the more my respect for him grows. Chapeau.

    Good example of how committing and submitting to The V — then unlocking The V.

    As Morpheus said to Neo- “There is a difference between knowing the Path and walking the Path”…

  13. @Haldy

    @unversio

    @Geraint

    @Buck Rogers

    @unversio

    Dan Martin: the first few sentences of this article — loaded with V — courtesy of Rouleur

    “When I won a stage of the Vuelta, I attacked at the bottom of the climb. I vividly remember thinking, about thirty seconds later, ‘what the fuck are you doing? What are you doing? Really?’ Then it’s like ‘I’m here now, I might as well continue’. And then it kind of worked out.”

    Awesome! Words to live (or possibly die) by right there!

    +1. The more I read about Dan’s thoughts & attitude, the more my respect for him grows. Chapeau.

    Good example of how committing and submitting to The V — then unlocking The V.

    As Morpheus said to Neo- “There is a difference between knowing the Path and walking the Path”…

    Didn’t they say the same thing in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure ??

  14. Hmm…not sure about that…I think this is the quote that comes the closest-

    Bill: So-cratz – “The only true wisdom consists in knowing that you know nothing”.

    Ted: That’s us, dude.

  15. V Day falls on a Bank Holiday here in the UK. Absolutely no excuses to not get and meet the man with the Hammer!

  16. @VeloJello I suspect the man with the hammer would catch me within yards of setting out on V Day – Mrs Chris and I are off to Warsaw for the weekend with some friends but no kids. Monday will be a true recovery day.

    The V Month however will be blessed with an abundance of V – as of Tuesday or Wednesday I’m on Gardening Leave before starting a new job in June. If I can’t get properly fit by then there is no hope for me.

  17. @asyax I just got chills…

  18. @Chris Well I managed to get some browny points decorating over the weekend so I could get the day out on V V Day. The pic was taken on Route 1 between Lynemouth and Cresswell. A gorgeous road that hugs the coast and has some of the best tarmac I’ve ridden in a long time. I was aiming for 105km, but ended up at 106 and a bit km after getting lost at one point! http://app.strava.com/activities/137677359

  19. @VeloJello Strong work. That’s stunning countryside but it looks like it could get brutally windy!

    Hoping to start my gardening leave training tomorrow but I’m a bit afraid that the weekends excesses are going to hurt. The Warsaw diet included lots of vodka and little in the way of salad!

  20. @Chris Ha ha, slow and low to start off with then.

  21. @VeloJello   Nice – The VMW come from that area (a bit to the south – Boldon), I’m going to have to bring the bike next time I go up there.

  22. @Teocalli Brill! You’ll get to ride through the historic pedestrian and bike tunnel under the Tyne too (if you’ve not already) as that ride is North of the river.  I’m considering trying to organise a North East Cogal at some point this year…

  23. @Teocalli Let me know if you do by the way, riding in a group is more fun!

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